The last time I blogged about a game at Coolray Field, the Braves were playing the Columbus Clippers. The Clippers were in town again today and I was super excited due to the fact that I love the Braves and the Indians.
I got to the stadium about 40 minutes before first pitch. Right when I entered, I went down to the outfield side of the Clippers dugout (on the first base side) to seek autographs. Literally no autograph seekers were where I was which makes things easier.
A few of the Clippers were in the dugout and they came out soon after I got to the dugout. Jeremy Lucas came out first and I called out to him “Jeremy could you quickly sign an autograph?” Lucas came right over and signed a card I had for him. He was very nice. If only every player in baseball was like that (yes, Dansby Swanson, yes).
Here is the card Lucas signed:
After that, Bradley Zimmer came out. I’ve wanted to get Zimmer’s autograph ever since the Indians selected him with their first pick in 2014. I asked Zimmer if he could sign and without saying a word, he came out and signed a card for me. I had two cards for him and he only signed one. That’s okay though, one autograph is a thousand times better than zero autographs.
Here is the card Zimmer signed:
Nellie Rodriguez was the next to come out. I asked him if he could sign, but he said he had to warm up first. I’ve actually seen Rodriguez use the excuse to avoid signing autographs before, as he said he had to eat at the 2016 Eastern League All-Star game in Akron.
Here are the Clippers warming up and stretching:
I didn’t get a tossup after they finished throwing, but Rodriguez did stick true to what he said and signed a card for me. Here it is:
There wasn’t any more action at the dugout, so I headed up to grab a bite to eat on the third base concourse. Bradley Zimmer, the second batter of the game, almost hit me a foul ball, but the ball barely made it to the suite level, making it impossible to retrieve.
My seat for the game was on the lawn. The lawn is in a beautiful part of Coolray Field. The field is right in front of it…
…and the Views at Coolray are right behind it.
During the game Lucas Sims was absolutely dominating the Clippers. Sims finished the game with 10 strikeouts and only 1 walk to go along with 2 hits. Meanwhile, the Braves were absolutely destroying Michael Peoples. Peoples gave up 13 hits and 6 runs in 6 innings.
In the fourth inning, Xavier Avery came up to bat for the Braves. Avery has good power, but not great, so I moved in. I didn’t think that Avery would hit it out but I was dead wrong. And guess who he hit it to?
I didn’t snag anything the rest of the game, but I did have about 50 people congratulating me on my Home Run snag.
But wait, that’s not it. After the game, I headed out to the visitor’s players entrance. Some guys sign there on their way to the bus. Right when I got there, Josh Martin was talking with his girlfriend, mom, sister and friends. Apparently, despite Josh pitching in Ohio, they live in nearby Alabama. My dad ended up talking with them while Josh ended up signing an autograph for me.
Here is a picture of all of the autographs I got at the entrance:
Louis Head is the signature on the top, Joe Colon’s signature is on the bottom. Colon had a World Baseball Classic bag from when he pitched with Puerto Rico this spring.
And speaking of Head, he was so nice that he signed a card for me as well.
Ronny Rodriguez came over next. I’d gotten his autograph at the last Braves vs Clippers game I went to, but it was great to get it again.
I was able to get three more autographs on the way out. Here they are:
That is Josh Martin at the top, Shawn Armstrong in the middle, and Carlos Frias on the bottom.
Speaking of Frias, here he is signing for a young fan.
That was the last of the autographs that I got. No one came out of the entrance for a long time, so that was when I knew it was time to get out of the 90 degree weather. I did take a photo on the way out of Coolray Field.
Coolray is such a nice park. It’s a shame that the Braves are second to last in International League attendance.
Here is the video of the Home Run.
1 ball at this game
3 balls this season=1.5 balls/game
1 lifetime game home run
26 MLB/MILB balls